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Colby-Sawyer tops Lyndon, 75-50

Colby-Sawyer tops Lyndon, 75-50

NEW LONDON, N.H. – The Colby-Sawyer College women's basketball team defeated Lyndon State, 75-50 in North Atlantic Conference action on Saturday afternoon.

"Youth, inexperience and a lack of confidence is what did us in today," said Lyndon Head Coach Vinnie Maloney. "It took us a long time to get confident that we could play with them (Colby-Sawyer), but by the it's was too late."

The Chargers led wire to wire and held the Hornets to 28.6 percent shooting. Colby-Sawyer forced 28 miscues, which led to a 34-12 edge in points off turnovers.

Senior Kelsey Bragdon led the Chargers with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor, which included 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Senior Kelsey Cahill recorded her third double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. She also had five steals

Sophomore Lexi Iannone added 12 points and eight caroms off the bench.

Lyndon was led by freshman center Mikayla Hodge (Newbury, Vt.). She recorded a double-double of a game-high 14 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Emily Gray (Quincy, Mass.) also reached double figures with 12 points.

Colby-Sawyer used a strong shooting performance and a tough defense in the first 20 minutes to take a 42-13 lead at the break. The Chargers shot 52.9 percent while holding Lyndon to four made baskets.

"We were not aggressive in our offensive sets," said Maloney. "We were not able to create anything and that made it very hard to come back."

The Hornets outscored the home team 37-33 in the second half thanks to a strong effort by their post players. Lyndon poured in 16 points in the paint with Hodge going 6-of-10 from the floor to score 12 of her 14 points in the second frame. The Hornets also erased a 10-rebound halftime deficit to finish the game with a 47-45 edge on the boards.

"I like the way we play defense," said Maloney. "We put in a good effort, but it's our offense that hurting us right now."  

The Hornets will resume play after the New Year on Thursday, Jan. 8 when they travel to Boston, Mass. to battle Simmons College.